Dear Members and Friends of RAS Korea,

Here’s your quick overview of what is happening around RAS Korea this week.

1) RAS Beijing Zoom Talk (September 16)
Topic: “Southeast Asian Wars through Chinawatchers’ Eyes” by Jim Laurie
Date: Wednesday, September 16. 21:00-22:00 (Beijing) / 22:00-23:00 (Seoul)
Registration by clicking here (Free for currently active RAS members only) by September 15.

2) The Korea Society Live Webcast (September 16)
Topic: Prospects for Diplomacy with North Korea with Markus Garlauskas, Soo Kim and Ankit Panda
Date: Wednesday, September, 16. 12:00PM (New York) / Thursday, September 17. 01:00AM (Seoul)
Registration by clicking here (Free)

3) The Korea Society Live Webcast (September 17)
Topic: East Goes West: Younghill Kang, His Life and Works with Alexander Chee and Ed Park
Date: Thursday, September 17. 6:00PM (New York) / Friday, September 18. 07:00AM (Seoul)
Registration by clicking here (Free)

4) Book Announcement: Comfort Women: A Movement for Justice and Women’s Rights in the United States.’ (edited by Jung-Sil Lee & Dennis P. Halpin) Hollym International Corporation, August 2020.
This new edited volume archives nearly thirty years of activism, records the achievements of the “comfort women” redress movement on American soil, and highlights the significant historical moments by members of the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW), its elected officers, congressional staff members, non-profit organizations, scholars, and artists. Together with its many pages of primary resources and historical photographs, the volume also offers useful links to resources for future generations who wish to pursue the impact and legacies of the Korean “comfort women”.

5) RAS Korea Online Lecture Video Archive
If you missed the RAS Korea’s previous lectures via Zoom,
you can find and watch them via the links below.
– SAMSUNG RISING (by Geoffrey Cain)
– Practicing Korean Traditional Archery (by In-Souk Cho)
– Witnessing Gwangju (by Paul Courtright)
– Hendrick Hamel, how I became interested and did the research on the crew who stayed 13 years in Korea in the 17th century. (by Henny Savenije)
– Blistered Fingers and Bleeding Throats: The Aesthetics of Korean Traditional Music (by Jocelyn Clark)
– Making Icons: The Rise of the K-pop Adjacent Industries (by CedarBough Saeji)
– Jeju Island’s Haenyeo: A User’s Manual (by Joey Rositano)
– Exploring Korean Diaspora through Korean Cubans (by Joseph Juhn)
– Finding common ground: Reconstructing contemporary Korean history with archival footage (by Taewoong Lee)

6) KF Virtual Concert Series: ‘STAY JOYFUL’ 
Dates: August 13 – October 15, 2020. (Every Thursday)
Freely available on the Korea Foundation’s YouTube Channel (

Every Thursday, from August 13 to October 15, the Korea Foundation presents you STAY JOYFUL, a virtual concert series. Through their performances, the acclaimed artists hope to deliver messages of hope and comfort to people in Korea and around the world during these challenging times amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
   Aug 13 (Thu). THAILAND – POOM PROMMACHART (Piano)
(Guitar & Clarinet Duo)
   Aug 27 (Thu). KOREA – SANG JI KOH (Bandoneon)
   Sep 3 (Thu). BRAZIL – MARCO PEREIRA (Guitar)
   Sep 10 (Thu). ROMANIA – ALEXANDRU TOMESCU (Violin)
   Sep 24 (Thu). KOREA – BULSECHUL
(Traditional Korean Music with a contemporary twist)
   Oct 8 (Thu). THE NETHERLANDS – JAZZKIA (Jazz)
   Oct 15 (Thu). KOREA – COREYAH (Korean Folk Music)

7) The GW Institute for Korean Studies, Korea Policy Forum (registration for next week (Sept. 22) event) 
Topic: Virtual Roundtable Discussions: U.S.-Korea Relations in the Era of U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry
Date: Tuesday, September 22. 8:30 – 10:30 AM (EDT) / 9:30 – 11:30 PM (KST)
Registration by clicking here (Free) 

Very best wishes.
Stay safe and healthy.